Stressless is…


Words can’t describe the feeling of sitting in a Stressless recliner, so here goes…

Best not to sweat the stress, it can wear you down, even kill you. What is it? “The heartache and the thousand natural shocks that the flesh is heir to,” as Hamlet said. Stress is what makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is what is beyond your control. Think serenity prayer. Think happy place.

What we can control is where we sit and what we think.

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Shipwrecked on a Desert Isle


We’ve played this game

Question: Shipwrecked alone on a desert island, what item would you bring, what book would you read?

Answer: A Stressless recliner and the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.


The breath whose might I have invoked in song
Descends on me; my spirit’s bark is driven,
Far from the shore, far from the trembling throng
Whose sails were never to the tempest given;
The massy earth and spherèd skies are riven!

I am borne darkly, fearfully, afar;
Whilst, burning through the inmost veil of Heaven,
The soul of Adonais, like a star,
Beacons from the abode where the Eternal are.

Adonais by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822),
An Elegy on the Death of John Keats

Stressless as Metaphor

Everyone who experiences the comfort of a Stressless recliner has a figure of speech, a metaphor that, for rhetorical effect, refers to one thing by mentioning another. For me it is this: Sitting in a Stressless chair is like being shipwrecked on a desert island, alone, at peace, without a worry in the world.

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Make it Easy

It has taken a long time for me to understand the lyrics to the Eagles hit song, Take it Easy. Time makes for a new way of looking at things. Perspective makes for insight; insight a new understanding.

Jackson Browne started writing this song but didn’t know how to finish it. “Writer’s block,” we used to call it. “Paralysis of analysis,” my Millennial daughter says.

At the time, Browne was living in an apartment in Los Angeles’ scruffy Echo Park neighborhood. Upstairs neighbor was Glenn Frey, who needed songs for his new band – the Eagles. The rest is history.

Of course, “take it easy” means many things to many people. “Make it easy” is much the same. We are in a digital age. With a multitude of social media sites available all of which is accessible through a single pocket device 24/7, the way we interact with each other has completely changed.

Communication is easy, it is just that there is so much of it.

It has become a new way of life.

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Make it easy

The designers at Traditions Home in Wichita make it easy to customize a sectional or sofa for your loft apartment or home.With a multitude of styles available like Vanguard’s Ease Collection, we design with you in mind.

As for me, give me a place to listen to my old vinyl records, to the scratches and pops.

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More mother’s advice

For years she taught me to be silent and patient, to be quick to listen and learn, to speak when it matters, to act when something needs to be done.

Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers are often described as a Force of Nature. But the force need not be a hurricane, water on stone eventually wears away the hardest rock. Mothers often wear the pants in the family, they do it by doing what needs to be done, often silently, forcefully when needed.

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The Masters


First played 85 years ago in 1934,* The Masters is the one golf tournament everyone watches. First, because it is the first major of the year, and second, because Tiger Woods made his remarkable comeback after a drought of 11 years.

Congratulations Tiger!

Wasn’t the post game interview a class act? Tiger giving credit to his mom for driving him to tournaments when he was a child in her Dodge Duster. To his mom for always being there. That folks, is being grounded!

I watched The Masters from beginning to end at home. I saw the massive crowds following the favorites from hole to hole. I saw the stands of fans lining the tee-offs and greens. Quiet when it mattered. It looked crowded. I am sure it was fun to be there. Those that have been say it is great.

But for me the best place to watch The Masters is at home and the best seat in the house is Stressless.

Join us at Traditions Home in Wichita and Traditions Furniture in Overland Park for our Stressless Spring Promotion. Reminder, Mother’s Day is coming soon.

Until May 29 only, take $500 off a Signature base recliner and ottoman or a LegComfort™ recliner. Or, take home a FREE accessory when you buy Stressless seating.

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* 1934, the same year Ekornes and Stressless were founded in Norway.

How big was the Ponderosa?

Mighty big.

It was 640,000 acres, a thousand-square mile, as wide as the cities of Reno, Carson and Virginia City, a ranch on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe, high in the Sierra Nevadas, home to the Cartwright family.

There was a ranch smack dab in the center. It needed a sofa big enough for Hoss Cartwright, a place for Little Joe to court lovely ladies, and Ben to wonder whatever happened to Hop Sing, was that Zorro, and why did Adam leave home? *
(Answers below)

Hidden high in the mountains and at home on the range, big enough for the Ponderosa, that’s what Traditions Home thinks of Hancock and Moore’s Buttoncraft sofa.



Adam Cartwright, aka Pernell Roberts, became a doctor on Trapper John, M.D.

Hop Sing, aka World War II veteran, actor Victor Sen Yung, continued to cook for the Cartwights for all 14 seasons of the show. Afterwards, he created his own cookbook called The Great Wok Cookbook in 1974.

Will Cartwright, aka Guy Williams, as Ben’s nephew, replaced Adam on his departure in 1964.  Guy Williams had previously played Zorro in the Walt Disney series of the same name.

P.S. did you wonder?

The show’s name Bonanza, and the title of its theme song, was inspired by the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, a silver “bonanza” under nearby Mt. Davidson. The source of Ben Cartwright’s fortune is never fully explained in the show.

The time frame of the show is during and after the Civil War. In one episode, Little Joe courts the daughter of Judge Terry, a confederate sympathizer, hoping to become governor and influence Nevada on the question of Statehood. Ben responds with the memorable quote, “You will not bring the Civil War into my house!”

Ponderosa is a tall slender pine tree. In at least one episode, the Cartwrights get a big timber contract.

The Great American Forest

“Our native woods are too scarce and too valuable, to degrade them to wasteful and unlovely uses.”
Paraphrasing Gustav Stickley,
“The Destruction of American Forests,” The Craftsman, November 1909

I am a “tree hugger” and a “tree hugger” will I always be.

As a child my friends and I climbed trees;  with hammer and bent nails building rickety platforms on the sturdy branches of oak trees, so that we, along with our squirrel friends and the birds, could watch the world from on high. Thus we knew what eagles saw as they soared among the clouds.

As the father of two wonderful children, I lovingly planted trees, one for each, and watched them grow tall and strong.

I am a tree hugger.

I am an unabashed wanderer like Robert Frost or Thoreau. One who loves to walk in the woodlands, who loves to watch the trees in spring turn green, and spot the lovely dogwood flowers white and pink. In summer, to lay beside the river stream beneath the shady sycamore and elm, and in the fall to stroll the mountainside of America’s parks in awe of colors red, yellow, and gold from the maple and cherry trees.

Do not despair that winter steals Nature’s leaves and leaves the branches bare, for the pine and the cedar will forever be evergreen.

Good News!

Good news to all my fellow arborists, the North American hardwoods that come from Appalachian and Adirondack forests are growing considerably faster than they are being harvested. So much so that the American timberlands that stretch from Kentucky to Maine have doubled in volume.

Good news for wanderers like me.

“In life,” Gustav Stickley observed, “beauty and satisfaction are borne of economy.” Thus a walk in the park is good enough for me.




The stuff of dreams

It is the stuff dreams are made of… It is March Madness and the field has been thinned to a Sweet Sixteen. Along the way, there have been nail bitters when the ball bounced off the rim that decided the outcome of a game, the fate of a team.

Did you watch a heartbroken UCF come oh, so close to No.1 Duke last night?


Bracket math ain’t an exact science, but mathematicians tell us that the odds of picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket are a mind-boggling 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that’s 9.2 quintillion).

But picking the perfect chair is Stressless.

P.S. How is your bracket doing?


Nature resumed her loveliness

Winter seemed to last forever, the sky was gray, the earth was cold and brown, the branches of the trees were bare, the birds had gone who knows where, until one day …

Then beautiful spring came and Nature resumed her loveliness. In the forest the violets bloom blue and purple, tufts of grass are green, and Robins proudly show their red breast as they chirp and sing; thus my soul spoke to me, it’s time to go outdoors again, it’s time to plant and grow again.

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Hooray, it’s Spring!

Spring at last

Spring at last, the grass is green, and birds dance and sing like me, full of joy, full of hope… it’s Spring at last.
And April, come she will, with tiny flowers of blue, and the birds, full of worms, have made their nests, now rest, to lay their eggs and guard them as all good mothers do.
But wait, think of what’s to come in May.
The dandelion, which children pluck, and, full of pride, uphold to the eye, a piece of harmless gold, o’erjoyed, until it fades, as it must, as do all things old, and then becomes a worthless whiskered fellow, good for nothing, except, to make a child’s wish come true.
Blow and wish, a child’s simple game.
As for me, all I wish is to hope the seeds carry on the wind and fall on my neighbor’s yard.